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Android 4 quietly rolling out to international Galaxy Note

 

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The international Galaxy S II has already received the update to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, leaving the sized-up Galaxy Note behind on Android 2.3. Today, several European users are reporting that their devices have received an OTA update notification that brings their phone-tablet hybrid into 2012 with the Android 4.0 update.

Of course, this is a Samsung device, and Samsung has revamped their Touchwiz UI overlay for the Note, which looks a lot more like its Gingerbread variant. Other features in the upgrade include a new and improved S Note application, a new S Memo widget, and the Premium Suite Shape Match and My Story applications. Of course, you’ll get the performance improvements that come with ICS as well.

Owners of the AT&T-branded Galaxy Note will have to wait for the update to pass through carrier testing, which tends to add 1-3 months to the process. Hopefully that process has already begun, and AT&T Note owners will be getting their own taste of Ice Cream Sandwich very soon. We’re leaning towards the update coming sooner than later, as an AT&T-branded Galaxy Note was spotted at CTIA this week.

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iOS 6 is live now!

Yes it’s out and the downloads are spreaded all over the world. What you are waiting for? Go and get your iDevice updated now.

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Kinect for Windows out now

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As promised, Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows has launched on 1st of February 2012, bundling together a Kinect unit and a commercial license for the hardware. Microsoft is heavily pitching the bundle squarely toward industries outside video games, suggesting that Kinect should move “beyond the living room into other industries such as education, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail.”

As part of this new push, Microsoft is encouraging businesses to take part in the Kinect Accelerator program, which offers the chance for startups to receive funding for innovative Kinect projects.

The Kinect for Windows package retails for $249. The hardware features “advanced speech and audio capabilities” as well as “improved skeletal tracking that enables control over which user is being tracked by the sensor.” The unit also features “near mode” which recognizes objects “as close as 40 centimeters in front of the sensor.”

Will these improvements be implemented in the console hardware? Is it even possible? We’re looking into it.


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Apple integrates Facebook into iOS 5.1

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After integrating Twitter into iOS 5, Apple seems to be doing the same thing with Facebook. Both iPad 3 and Facebook references have been discovered iOS 5.1 beta 3. The latest iOS 5 developer beta also features a field for a Facebook user name in the contacts app, as you can see in the screenshot above (courtesy of iMore), but this already exists in iOS 5.0.1. The mentions of Facebook in the code don’t necessarily mean it will be integrated in iOS 5 or iOS 6 this year, but the likelihood has certainly just jumped a few notches.

The best Facebook integration I’ve seen to date in a mobile OS is undoubtedly the one in Windows Phone. Facebook develops the native app for Apple’s iOS, but not for Windows Phone. More importantly, Microsoft built Windows Phone after Apple developed iOS, so Redmond had the opportunity to include Facebook from the ground-up. Cupertino may be looking for a way to take the Facebook integration crown away from Microsoft, further destroying the software giant’s chances of offering unique functions with its mobile space offering.

Facebook was supposed to be integrated into iOS 4. Cupertino wanted to code its own Facebook features because it lacked confidence in Menlo Park’s ability to build a great app, so it built the social network into its mobile operating system. Facebook said no and negotiations broke down. Apple then went with Twitter in iOS 5.

Have the two now managed to reach an agreement or is this just left over legacy code? It sure looks like the former, although with Apple and Facebook, you just never know.

The iOS-Facebook saga is one of three recent episodes which demonstrated a strained Apple-Facebook relationship (the other two are related to Ping and the HP TouchPad). The partnership between the two technology giants started to turn around last year, however, possibly because the duo shares a mutual enemy: Google.


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Bloomberg: iPad 3 To Have Quad-Core CPU, LTE, High-Def Screen

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You’ve just got to love the timing. First, Apple announces their education-focused media event smack dab in the middle of CES. Now, just as CES is winding down, Bloomberg has “three people familiar with the product” spilling purported details on the next iPad. Whether or not Apple won CES without even being there, they’re certainly trying.

None of the leaked details are particularly new, but that it comes from Bloomberg and they’ve seemingly got full confidence in their source(s) makes them a bit more credible than rumors prior.

Here’s the gist of it:

  • The next iPad (Bloomberg calls it “iPad 3?, though even that detail is of course unconfirmed) is said to have gone into production this month, with production ramping up until February, with a launch in March.
  • It’ll have a quad-core CPU (as opposed to the dual-core A5 found in iPad 2)
  • It’ll have a “high-def” screen
  • Support for LTE (4G)

The most curious bit? The use of the phrase “high-def” instead of “Retina” with regards to the display. If Apple was throwing around the “Retina” term internally, at least one of Bloomberg’s three sources presumably would’ve thought to mention it. If the sources mentioned it, Bloomberg would have squeezed it into the article somewhere — and they didn’t. With leaks like this, what’s not said can be as important as what is. Higher-res screen? Yes. But the absurdly high-resolution that a “retina” iPad would require (something like 2560 x 1920, higher than any monitor Apple has ever made regardless of size)? Probably not.


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Apple Releases iOS 5.1 Beta 3 With The Ability To Toggle 3G Again

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Apple has seeded a new beta this afternoon for iOS 5.1 to registered developers in the iOS Dev Center. Those that have been running the second iOS 5.1 beta can download this newest update through iOS 5?s over-the-air update feature in the Settings app.

While iOS 5.1 beta 3 (Build 9B5141a) doesn’t seem to bring anything particularly revolutionary to the table, it appears that the “Enable 3G” toggle has been enabled for quickly disabling 3G data.

The toggle was removed with the release of iOS 5.0, but Apple has seen to adding it back in this latest beta. The setting can be found under Settings > Network on pre-iOS 5 and 5.1 beta 3 software. When you turn off 3G data, you will be placed on your carrier’s 2G/EDGE network. While data speeds will become considerably slower, your iPhone’s battery will last longer.

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Apple has also introduced some API improvements to help developers designate certain app files that should not be backed up by the system. Xcode 4.3 Developer Preview 3 and Apple TV 5.1 beta 2 have also been seeded. Apple asks developers to test AirPlay with their iOS 5.1 apps.

iOS 5.1 beta 2 was released on December 12th, 2011. 5.1 beta 3 expires on Wednesday, March 14th.


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White Galaxy Nexus to strut its stuff in UK on February 6th

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If you’re thinking about picking up an unlocked GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you now have a choice of pigments. UK retailer Clove Technology is accepting pre-orders for Google’s latest superphone, complete with 16GB of storage and smothered in a milky-white finish. Interested parties living across the pond can part with £498 ($770, VAT included) on February 6th to acquire this vanilla Ice-Cream-Sandwich-running machine. If you’re stateside, the retailer also offers shipping to the US — you can import yourself a bleached Nexus for around £431, or $666. So, will any of you Galaxy Nexus hold-outs be pushed over the purchasing precipice by this new hue?


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iOS 5.1 beta indicates Apple may be testing quad-core mobile CPUs

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Lets get this out of the way up front — this is not a confirmation that Apple is planning to put a quad-coreA6 chip inside its next iPad or iPhone. What it does indicate is that Apple may be testing iOS support for quad-core CPUs. 9to5Mac has dug up images from the latest beta of iOS 5.1 that detail the supported number of cores. In this hidden panel, single-core A4s are referred to as “/cores/core.0″ while dual-core A5s are “/cores/core.1.” Now a new listing, “/cores/core.3,” is popping up which, if you start counting with zero, indicates a CPU packing four cores. This doesn’t mean that Apple even has this up and running on test hardware yet, though, merely that software support for quad-core chips is in the works. But, that should be enough to really kick the rumor mill into overdrive.


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iPad 3 Release Date

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iPad 3 Release Date and Features, Is it appropriate if we dubbed Apple as the king of gadget in US?, as the iPad is grabbing not less than 80% from the entire market share of US tablet market. This phenomenon is not only clouding the white red and blue states, but also in numerous countries that the people is gone crazy tapping their fingertips since the coming of iPod touch in their countries.

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• Retina Display: The fans are disappointed with the retina display promise in iPad 2 that Apple give them the same display at previous version. Again, the retina display with 2048×1536 pixels is expected to be presented by Apple in the third generation of iPad.
• SD Card Slot: Being different and unique is not always interesting, the absence of SD card slot in iPad series is one of it. The fans are hoping they can insert an SD card in their third G iPad.
• Improved HDMI: aha, this one is worth enough to be paid, with an additional 39$ you will get the real HDMI playback to play your HD video from Apple devices to TV with the additional HDMI cable.
• Camera Flash: completed the HD recording and sharp picture capture with camera flash is an perfect feature for a smart device.
• Thunderbolt: another technology being applied is the existence of Thunderbolt port in iPad 3. This device provides power, video and data exchanging via the same connector at high speed.
• Wireless Synchronize: The wireless sync need to be featured in iPad 3 like what have been done in several gadgets.

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The shocking demands and response about the iPad 2 is spreading in the entire webs. If your are a US citizen, you have to thanks to God due to the civilization because UK people will hand the iPad 3 after a month or two from the US release. iPad 3 Release Date Features Prediction:

Even though it is ranked as the #1 tablet, the Apple loyalist are still standing their feet in queue for the better iPad 3 and do enthusiast search for every updates news in web browsing about the release date, new technology and so on. Right now plenty of rumors had been launched blindly to the public, the most topic being talked is the official iPad 3 Release Date launch and the features.

Update (1st July 2011) : the big Apple is preparing to boost the iPad 2 production in the early second semester of 2011. Several analysts thought that this plan can probably shift away the good news of 2011 iPad 3 release.

Update (2nd June 2011) : referring to the DigiTimes, the end of waiting of iPad 3 production will be planned in sometime in 2012. Fortunately, Steve Jobs’ teams has begun to pick and choose what best components will be installed for iPad 3. Many mass medias told to market that the iPad 3 will be officially released around September 2011. The insiders told that Apple is still running in process with problems and solutions, while the third generation production will be the end of the line.

John Gruber, an Apple analyst, also nodding the head for the information of the September release of iPad 3. He added some sentences in his blog, “Summer feels like a long time away. If my theory is right, they’re not only going to be months behind the iPad 2, but if they slip until late summer, they might bump up against the release of the iPad 3. And they didn’t only announce this with a distant ship date; they did it with no word on pricing.” Totally different with Grubber, the Apple CEO, Steve Jobs told that the 2011 will belong to iPad 2.


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iPad 3 with new OS X 6 (BLACK CARBON UNIBODY) COMING IN NOVEMBER 2012

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Will new iPad with new dock connector and new OS X 6 be released by March 2012 at the earliest? No. Gdeluxe thinks it is unreal. According to reliable Asian source, Apple seems to release new iPad 3 with extra cool display and new OS X 6 in 2012 November at the earliest schedule.
Apple removed word “Mac” from OS name “Mac OS X Lion”. It’s new generation of Mac OS X. New name is “OS X Lion”. Next action : Apple will remove word “i” from “iOS”. Why?
Because: Mac OS X Lion + iOS 5 = OS X 6

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We think this OS for new technology gadgets.  Computer + Gadget = new technology from Apple  -> “MacTouch” or “iPad’s” class. This new OS (expl. OS X 6) will work with new gadgets (aka MacTouch)


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